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SECURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does secure mean? 

SECURE (adjective)
  The adjective SECURE has 6 senses:

1. free from fear or doubt; easy in mind
2. free from danger or risk
3. kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss
4. not likely to fail or give way
5. able to withstand attack
6. financially sound

  Familiarity information: SECURE used as an adjective is common.


SECURE (verb)
  The verb SECURE has 6 senses:

1. get by special effort
2. cause to be firmly attached
3. assure payment of
4. make certain of
5. fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug
6. furnish with battens

  Familiarity information: SECURE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SECURE (adjective)


Sense 1secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from fear or doubt; easy in mind

Synonyms:

secure; unafraid; untroubled

Context example:

secure himself, he went out of his way to help others

Antonym:

insecure (lacking self-confidence or assurance)


Sense 2secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Free from danger or risk

Context examples:

secure from harm / his fortune was secure / made a secure place for himself in his field

Similar:

sure (physically secure or dependable)

safe-deposit; safety-deposit (safe for the storage of valuables)

safe (in safekeeping)

promised (assured by (usually) spoken agreement)

in safe custody (secure in formally authorized hands)

fail-safe (guaranteed not to fail)

established; firm (securely established)

certified (having quality or payment or delivery guaranteed)

bonded; guaranteed; secured; warranted (secured by written agreement)

assured (characterized by certainty or security)

Also:

invulnerable (immune to attack; impregnable)

protected; secure (kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss)

safe (free from danger or the risk of harm)

Antonym:

insecure (lacking in security or safety)


Sense 3secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Kept safe or defended from danger or injury or loss

Synonyms:

protected; secure

Context example:

the most protected spot I could find

Similar:

weatherproof (able to withstand exposure to weather without damage)

stormproof (protected against or able to withstand storms)

snug (offering safety; well protected or concealed)

shielded ((used especially of machinery) protected by a shield to prevent injury)

sheltered (protected from danger or bad weather)

moated (protected by a deep wide ditch usually filled with water)

covert ((of a wife) being under the protection of her husband)

burglarproof (secure against burglary)

battlemented (protected with battlements or parapets with indentations or embrasures for shooting through)

bastioned; fortified (secured with bastions or fortifications)

Also:

invulnerable (immune to attack; impregnable)

secure (free from danger or risk)


Sense 4secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not likely to fail or give way

Context examples:

the lock was secure / a secure foundation / a secure hold on her wrist

Similar:

steady (securely in position; not shaky)

tight (securely or solidly fixed in place; rigid)

Also:

fixed (securely placed or fastened or set)

Antonym:

insecure (not firm or firmly fixed; likely to fail or give way)


Sense 5secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Able to withstand attack

Synonyms:

impregnable; unassailable; unattackable; inviolable; secure; strong

Context examples:

an impregnable fortress / fortifications that made the frontier inviolable

Similar:

invulnerable (immune to attack; impregnable)


Sense 6secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Financially sound

Synonyms:

safe; dependable; secure; good

Context examples:

a good investment / a secure investment

Similar:

sound (financially secure and safe)


SECURE (verb)


Sense 1secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get by special effort

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

procure; secure

Context example:

He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed

Hypernyms (to "secure" is one way to...):

obtain (come into possession of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "secure"):

suborn (procure (false testimony or perjury))

copyright (secure a copyright on a written work)

patent (obtain a patent for)

engage; enlist (hire for work or assistance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something from somebody


Sense 2secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be firmly attached

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

fasten; fix; secure

Context examples:

fasten the lock onto the door / she fixed her gaze on the man

Hypernyms (to "secure" is one way to...):

attach (cause to be attached)

Cause:

fasten (become fixed or fastened)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "secure"):

staple (secure or fasten with a staple or staples)

grout (bind with grout)

cement (bind or join with or as if with cement)

belt (fasten with a belt)

hook (fasten with a hook)

string (string together; tie or fasten with a string)

tack (fasten with tacks)

zip; zip up; zipper (close with a zipper)

hasp (secure or lock with a hasp)

lock up (secure by locking)

lock (fasten with a lock)

clinch (secure or fasten by flattening the ends of nails or bolts)

clinch (flatten the ends (of nails and rivets))

rivet (fasten with a rivet or rivets)

button (fasten with buttons)

toggle (fasten with, or as if with, a toggle)

joint (fasten with a joint)

joggle (fasten or join with a joggle)

coapt (fit tightly and fasten)

wire (fasten with wire)

stake (tie or fasten to a stake)

brooch; clasp (fasten with or as if with a brooch)

buckle; clasp (fasten with a buckle or buckles)

entrench; intrench (fix firmly or securely)

deposit; lodge; stick; wedge (fix, force, or implant)

hang (place in position as by a hinge so as to allow free movement in one direction)

hang; hang up (cause to be hanging or suspended)

pin (attach or fasten with pins)

stay (fasten with stays)

velcro (fasten with velcro)

clamp (fasten or fix with a clamp)

cramp (secure with a cramp)

bandage; bind (wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose)

cinch; girth (tie a cinch around)

rope up (attach to one another, for safety)

picket (fasten with a picket)

cable (fasten with a cable)

chain (fasten or secure with chains)

garter (fasten with or as if with a garter)

latch (fasten with a latch)

bitt (secure with a bitt)

rig (connect or secure to)

bind; tie (fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord)

strap (secure (a sprained joint) with a strap)

cleat (secure on a cleat)

anchor; cast anchor; drop anchor (secure a vessel with an anchor)

bar (secure with, or as if with, bars)

belay (turn a rope round an object or person in order to secure it or him)

belay (fasten a boat to a bitt, pin, or cleat)

bight (fasten with a bight)

brad (fasten with brads)

chock (secure with chocks)

noose (secure with a noose)

crank (fasten with a crank)

run up; sew; sew together; stitch (fasten by sewing; do needlework)

spike (secure with spikes)

berth; moor; tie up (secure in or as if in a berth or dock)

moor (secure with cables or ropes)

anchor; ground (fix firmly and stably)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assure payment of

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "secure" is one way to...):

guarantee; vouch (give surety or assume responsibility)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "secure"):

certify (guarantee payment on; of checks)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make certain of

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

assure; ensure; guarantee; insure; secure

Context examples:

This nest egg will ensure a nice retirement for us / Preparation will guarantee success!

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "secure"):

doom (make certain of the failure or destruction of)

make (assure the success of)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 5secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fill or close tightly with or as if with a plug

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

plug; stop up; secure

Context examples:

plug the hole / stop up the leak

Hypernyms (to "secure" is one way to...):

close; fill up (fill or stop up)

"Secure" entails doing...:

enter; infix; insert; introduce (put or introduce into something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "secure"):

cork; cork up (close a bottle with a cork)

chink (fill the chinks of, as with caulking)

tampon (plug with a tampon)

stopper; stopple (close or secure with or as if with a stopper)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 6secure [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Furnish with battens

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

batten; batten down; secure

Context example:

batten ships

Hypernyms (to "secure" is one way to...):

beef up; fortify; strengthen (make strong or stronger)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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